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Court of Appeals

Same-sex marriage issue goes back to court

The battle over the legality of same-sex marriage will return to court July 10, when oral arguments will begin in the state’s Court of Appeal in San Francisco, the City Attorney’s Office announced Thursday. Although gay rights advocates celebrated a Superior Court ruling in March of this year that said excluding gay couples from marriage is akin to gender discrimination, the ruling was appealed by the state attorney general, along with several conservative groups. The controversial case is expected to make its way to the California Supreme Court, after the appellate court’s decision.

Rec and Park commission

North Beach Jazz Festival appeals alcohol ban

Organizers of the North Beach Jazz Festival on Thursday filed an appeal to a decision to ban alcohol at Washington Square Park during the event. The appeal comes after the Recreation and Park Commission voted not to issue a permit to sell alcohol in the North Beach park during the event scheduled for July 29-30. Adult beverages are not allowed in Washington Square without a special permit. Commissioners said they denied the permit based on neighbor complaints. Theappeal is based on hundreds of letters of support given to the commission that organizers feel were not read. Robert Kowal, one of the organizers, said that without alcohol sales in the park the festival will not be able to sustain itself. If the commission chooses, it will hear the appeal on June 13.

Sparing the Air

More people are sharing rides for rewards

The 511 Rideshare group, which organizes carpools in the Bay Area, announced Thursday a “big leap” in membership since launching a new program that rewards carpoolers with money for gas or groceries.

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